By Danny Wright
West Ham fans are worried that Manuel Lanzini could be leaving the London Stadium in the near future due to the knock-on effect of Neymar’s mega-money move from Barcelona to Paris St. Germain.
Sky Sports have reported that the Brazilian international has agreed to sign a five-year deal with the Parisians ahead of what is due to be the most expensive transfer in football history.
Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo has said that Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho has already agreed terms to join Barcelona, and West Ham fans are scared that Neymar’s move will see the Reds eye up their key man Lanzini as a replacement.
The Evening Standard has previously claimed that Liverpool are keen on signing Lanzini from the Hammers as a replacement for Coutinho, but the Irons are said to be desperate to hold on to their playmaker.
With the crazy amount of money that has been splashed around so far this summer, it could be hard for Slaven Bilic to ensure that the Argentine is still a member of his squad when the transfer window slams shut.
And that is a view that is shared by the West Ham supporters – with one fan saying that it would be a “huge step backwards” if that deal happened.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Can see it happening; Neymar to PSG, Coutinho to Barcelona, Lanzini to Liverpool. Would be a huge step backwards if it happened #whufc
— Josh (@josh_whu) August 2, 2017
Praying that this neymar move doesn't cause Coutinho to Barca and Lanzini to Liverpool.
— MICHAEL WILGOSS (@michaelwilgoss) August 2, 2017
so if Neymar is valued at £200m and Coutinho £80m i just can't imagine to think what Lanzini is worth, twice the player of both of those.
— Will Mason ⚒ (@WillMason94) August 2, 2017
Neymar going to PSG means Coutinho could got to Barcelona which means Lanzini could go to Liverpool 😩
— Hammers Social (@hammers_social) August 2, 2017
I'm slightly concerned the Neymar transfer will lead to us losing Lanzini to Liverpool if they allow Coutinho to move to Barca.
— 沢 “太” 石 ⚒ (@BritInTheMitt) August 2, 2017
@davidgold please make sure we don't sell Lanzini once the Neymar money starts pumping
— Paul Woodford (@PaulWoodford75) August 2, 2017
In other West Ham news, a Sky journalist has revealed how the Hammers almost signed Neymar before he joined Barcelona.